Two people smile in their tandem kayak.

How to choose a kayak

There are many elements to consider when choosing a kayak: Should it be inflatable or hard-shell? Will you be paddling on a river or open water? We'll help you ask yourself the right questions so that you can make an informed choice.

Two people paddling in a tandem kayak

Number of seats

You can kayak alone or with others.

It’s a great activity to do with friends or family.

Some kayaks can seat up to 4 people (2 adults + 2 children).

Important: For safety, remember to always wear your life jacket.

Type and frequency of outings

Before choosing a kayak, think about how you’re going to use it:

  • woman and man in a tandem kayak

    Occasional kayaking

    If you occasionally go on short kayaking trips (1 hour to half a day, up to 300 m from shore) in calm weather,
    choose a boat that provides comfort and stability.
    Opt for a large, flat model.

    Important: For safety, remember to always wear your life jacket.

  • man in a kayak

    Frequent kayaking

    If you often go on long kayaking trips (half a day to a full day, 300 m to 2 nautical miles from shore),
    you need a kayak with good glide.
    Look for a model that’s long and tapered.

    Important: For safety, remember to always wear your life jacket.

  • two people fishing in a tandem kayak

    Kayak fishing

    If you go kayak fishing on lakes, calm rivers, or at sea (up to 300 m from shore), your boat should be comfortable and stable.
    Look for a model with plenty of storage space.

    Important: For safety, remember to always wear your life jacket.


Some kayaks are easier to pack and transport than others.

There are inflatable and hard-shell models. An inflatable kayak can be folded up, stored in a backpack and easily transported by car.

A hard-shell kayak is tougher and more stable, but takes up more space. It needs to be loaded on a rack on the roof of your car.

Two people in an inflatable kayak: carry bag and pump included

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